Re-grouting is the process of maintaining the glossiness and shine of the tiles, especially at places that face continuous splashes of water such as kitchens, bathrooms, areas around the shower, pools etc.
Grout at these places is more prone to get disfigured and discolored and dissolves very soon as it is capable of absorbing water. Simply painting the damaged grout is not a solution because it returns back to the same condition.
The only option left to protect it from further deterioration is to get them re-grouted by professionals.
The process of re-grouting the tiles is yet very simple but people often commit mistakes during the process. Here are some of them:
- Before you start filling the grout, ensure that you are fully prepared for the job. Scratch out the damaged grout from the place effectively as the presence of old grout will not allow the new one to adhere completely to the joints.
- Remember that grout dries very fast. Avoid spreading too much of grout. Place it and move it into shape immediately to avoid any irregularity. You can grout smaller areas, finish it completely and then move forward to other areas. This will also prevent you from any wastage.
- Always spread the grout evenly and slowly by using tools or a squeegee. If you proceed with large areas, then grout from the far-off areas may dry out thus leading to uneven tiling and grouting.
- Excessive water in the grout causes it to cure incorrectly and thus with the passage of time it cracks and sheds off. This happens because the excess water evaporates as the grout sets thus leaving small microscopic holes in the grout. This leads to its premature deterioration. If by mistake you add too much water, add more grout powder so as to maintain the thickness before its application on the wall or the floors.
- Do not allow the formation of spots, peaks, and valleys in the grout while filling it in between the joints. This spoils the appearance of floors or walls wherever they are formed. To avoid this make sure that the grout lines are filled with enough grout. Then wipe it out with a wet sponge, make sure you do this before the grout dries.
- Be sure that the grout mixture is made up of correct composition. For help, read the manufacturers instruction mentioned on every grout bag that you are purchasing. This will help to maintain the proper consistency of the mixture.
- After the application of the grout in between the joints, make sure that it has dried completely. Give it sufficient amount of time of about 24 to 72 hours so that it can set properly. Further, you should move and keep your furniture only once the grout has completely dried. Using the floor or walls before the grout sets can bring cracks in the joints and may require you to re-seal them back.
Grout is one of the messiest products used in homes. Follow the above-mentioned tips so that you do not commit any mistakes while re-grouting. For best results, it is always wise to hire a professional tile and grout cleaning company.